Adulting. Let’s be real; if you use that term, you might not be doing it. The ways to know you’ve reached peak adulthood aren’t the same for everyone. Still, there are some signs you might be on the right path. Check out how to know you’re a real adult.
You Make Your Own Decisions
Being an adult is about doing what you want without anyone telling you what to do. You can eat what you want, live where you want, and see who you want. Once your parents no longer influence your lifestyle choices, you can consider yourself a full-fledged adult.
Your Prioritize Your Health
Though you may have eaten whole pizzas and drank cases of beer for a decade, your recent diet looks more like baked chicken and rice. You’ve looked up the pros and cons of sugar-free candy and switched to diet soda. Making health-conscious moves is a sign of growing up. You don’t have to be perfect at it to know that you’ve hit a milestone.
You Don’t Care What Others Think
Peer pressure is undeniably harsh and influential. As you get older, you may not feel the effects as much. If you find yourself going out into the world and dressing for yourself, speaking your mind, and living a life that makes you happy, you’ve reached peaked adulthood because you’re living your best life.
You’re Mindful of the Big Picture
If you’ve realized the small things in life don’t matter so much—congratulations. When you were young, you might have stressed over a stain or something a person said to you, but nowadays, you can let that stuff roll off your back. There are bigger things that matter in this world, and you have your mind focused on them.
You’re Accountable for Your Actions
Whether it’s paying bills or helping someone in need, you know when to step up. Part of reaching the epitome of adulthood is being a responsible citizen. Wise men make amends and tend to the empires they generate before they fall.
The best ways to know you’ve reached peak adulthood are to measure your accountability and independence. Consider what else you could do to be more responsible. If you manage and take care of yourself as much as you can, you’re peaking. On the other hand, if your mom still makes your appointments and you’re stressed about going to the grocery store, you may not be there just yet.